Finding Florida brings us to the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida. This is one of our favorite art museums locally to visit as it is so close to Sunken Gardens, Tropicana Field and Raymond James Stadium. The building as well as the art are certainly worth the hour drive for our family.
The first time we visited we went with our home school group. The guards in the gallery were understandably nervous about all these children going through there. They handled it really well allowing the children to get close to the painting to see them as long as they didn’t touch. The docents were very accommodating to the children asking questions. It is a very professional museum that takes its’ responsibility to educate the next generation very seriously.
This is the largest collection of Dali’s work in the world. The building is eye catching right on the water . Its’ glass is built to sustain a powerful hurricane in order to protect the works inside. The staircase in the foyer definitely adds to the grandeur of the building. You walk up these cement stairs to access the galleries upstairs.
There are paintings with security on the second floor as well as some exhibits. There are elevators that go up in case the stairs give you anxiety. Photography , food or drinks are not allowed in the gallery. The first floor has a children’s educational area with puzzles as well as videos playing. Did you know Dali worked with Walt Disney on several projects? That exhibit will come to the museum in 2016.
It is also on the first floor that you will find the gift shop which is an exhibit in itself. Here you can buy reprints of his painting as well as a plethora of other things. The dome covers this area with windows . There is also an antique car in here. I won’t spoil the surprise of what it does for you.
Be sure to take time to have your picture taken with the giant mustache outside . Dali was famous for his mustache for sure. You can put your wristband on the tree of dreams. Labyrinths cause me anxiety so I did not do this one but the children had a fabulous time figuring it out. There is a bench with a melting clock on it. Fitting for Florida which has different degrees of summer for seasons. Spend some time sitting to watch the flock of wild parrots in the trees. This museum was certainly one of our favorite Finding Florida trips so far.
Convenient on-site parking is available for $10, free for members (as available). There are also various downtown surface lots, street parking or city parking garages and then the St Petersburg Downtown Looper trolley. Parking fees vary.
Main Museum Contact
One Dali Blvd, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
7 days a week with the exception of Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
Tickets are available here with specials going on all the time.